Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to assisting authors with the more mundane and tedious tasks of the traditional or self-publishing process. Using our scholarly talents in research and writing, we assist authors in the areas of permissions, author/publisher research, and editing.

Kelly Figueroa-Ray earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in the Scripture, Interpretation & Practice Program and is co-director of Grad Student Freelancers. She launched Grad Student Freelancers with co-founder Christopher Hoffmann in order to expand the work she has been doing with clients in the areas of permissions, agent/publisher research, and content editing. In addition, she has over eight years of experience working on book and archive projects and navigating the use and attribution of copyrighted material. In addition to working with Jane Friedman (The Business of Being a Writer, 2018), she has also worked with Charles Marsh (author of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2014)) and Vanessa L. Ochs (author of a “biography” of the Passover Haggadah, which will be part of a series of “biographies” of canonical texts to be published by Princeton University Press). To read some testimonials about Kelly's work, please click here. To find out more about Kelly's academic research, click here to see her professional portfolio.

Christopher Hoffmann graduated from Harvard Divinity with a Masters in Theological Studies and is the co-founder and co-director of Grad Student Freelancers. He is trained in the historical approach to biblical texts. He has mastered a variety of languages from antiquity (such as Biblical & Rabbinic Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine & Patristic Greek), historical-critical and other textual research tools, and communicating complex concepts in clear, precise terms. Christopher has always enjoyed helping others express their ideas in the best manner possible. After two years of doctoral work, he is leaving academia for the more stable world of freelancing. Christopher also enjoys cooking and the arcana of bicycle repair.

Kayla Kauffman is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Virginia. Focusing on the history of African religions, Kayla conducts archive and database research as well as the collection, translation, and analysis of fieldwork data. In addition, Kayla has experience researching agents and publishers for independent authors, translating academic transcripts from French to English, copyediting for West African religious authors, and has worked as an author assistant. Kayla spends her free hours experimenting with new homebrew beer and pie recipes.

Jaime Justice graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in May of 2017 with highest honors. Her thesis, entitled “Grounds of Difference: William Chambers’ Encounters with the Other in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, 1758-62,” won the Stephen T. Thornton Outstanding Capstone Project Award for 2017. As a scholar in a rigorous interdisciplinary program with a focus on writing, she has well-rounded research and editorial skills. She enjoys working with others to refine their writing and communicate their ideas in the most elegant and concise way possible. 


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Praise for our work...

Kelly was indispensable in her organization and attention to detail with my book project for the University of Chicago. She had a large amount of material to review and manage, lots of sources to research and cite, and was able to tackle it all while needing very little guidance from me. Beyond that, she also compiled chapter abstracts and keywords, and went back through my work multiple times as changes were made. She was invaluable.
Jane Friedman, publishing consultant and former publisher of Writer's Digest

Christopher was exactly what I was looking for. He is a great biblical scholar of historical criticism who held my writing feet to the fire. The biggest surprise is how good he is as a straight-up editor. It's ironic that I like his red pen more than a few "professional" editors I've worked with. Perhaps all editors should be put through the mandatory rigor of grading students' papers for a few years, as well as writing their own papers for tough professors.

Kevin Bader, writer

Kelly's tenacity in tracking down rights holders was exceptional. I'm convinced she is actually a detective.

Glenn Kammen, Author